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Associate Professor (Associate Professor of Learning Technology), Department of Global Tourism, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
(Concurrent)Guest Lecturer
Bachelor of Interdisiplinary Studies(Arizona State University)
Master of Educational Technology(San Diego State University)
Doctor of Educational Technology(Boise State University)

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Eric is a learning futurist, tinkering with and designing technologies that may better inform the future of teaching and learning. Eric is president and research coordinator of MAVR, a research group working in immersive technologies for teaching and learning, and more specifically, augmented and virtual realities in language learning. Eric's day job is at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies where he teaches courses and conducts research on issues related to technology in tourism and education. Eric also leads a team of interactive media designers for TEDxKyoto. Eric's projects have included augmented tourism rallies, AR community art exhibitions, mixed reality escape rooms, and other experiments in immersive tech



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  • Jan, 2007 - Present is a website I started to develop in 2007 when I was working at the board of education in Miyazu, Japan. I was working in the JET scheme and although we had a lot of orientation and ongoing teacher training I saw a need for materials exchange. At the time I was also creating lessons and materials constantly and I wanted a way to share them with my colleagues. It is a place for ESL teachers to share ideas and teaching materials.
  • Apr, 2011 - Apr, 2011
    ForeverKyoto Project Introducing the Kyoto you may not know. ForeverKyoto is a project I started to help the community for which I have lived for many years. Northern Kyoto Prefecture has many wonderful things to share to the world yet international tourism is non-existent comparing to the actual city of Kyoto. This is a site for Japanese tourism promoters to participate in research I conduct on thier behalf on ways to increase and improve international tourism in rural Japan. It also provides international travelers a unique window into tourist spots that traditionally are domestic tourist spots.